Sporting Kansas City, owner of the best record in the Western Conference thus far, is hoping an infusion of youth will make the team even better.
The club announced Friday that it has signed 19-year-old midfielder and homegrown player Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal to an MLS contract through 2020 with options for ‘21 and ‘22.
Homegrown players are those which have been with an MLS club’s youth academy for at least one year and have met the necessary training and retention requirements. This allows a club to sign a player to an MLS contract without subjecting that player to the MLS SuperDraft.
According to the club, Kuzain is the first player in Sporting KC history to go from the Sporting KC Academy to the Swope Park Rangers up to the senior club.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Kuzain has started four of the Rangers’ five matches this season and completed more than 90 percent of his passes. He also trained with the U.S. Men’s National U17 (2013-14) team as well as with Dutch club Feyenoord in 2015.
Sporting KC is 4-1-1 through six games, good for 13 points — three more than second-place Vancouver FC. Sporting KC hosts winless Seattle on Sunday.
—Field Level Media